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    quilting with walking foot

    Where do you set your sewing machine for quilting straight lines with a walking foot? I set the length at 2.8 but it is still very close together.
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    2.8 is too tight a stitch? I do usually 2.4 myself. but 2.8 should do fine. if you are having troubles with your fabric bunching a tiny bit even with the walking foot, try a bit longer a stitch if you must. see what it looks like.

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    Are you quilting or piecing? For piecing I use 2.5 for quilting I use 3.0
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    You might need to lighten the pressure on your foot a bit, too.

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    I actually just finished quilting a quilt using my walking foot. I set my stitch length to 3 because I thought the stitches were too small at the factory pre-set 2.5. It may just be a matter of personal preference. Even if there were rules (which I don't think there are),I would still do what I think looks best and what I think suits my own needs. In other words, if you would like longer stitces, GO FOR IT!!!
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    I just finished quilting a flannel baby quilt with a grid pattern done with a walking foot on my Brother 1500 and set my stitch lenght to almost a 4. I think it gave a very nice ''handstitched'' look. For piecing tho, I set to about a 2.5.

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    The 2.5, 3.0, etc that most machines now use are metric measurements, or stitches per millimeter.
    There are 25.4 mm per inch.

    So, if you want to sew 10 stitches per inch, the formula to get the setting would be 25.4 10 or 2.5. (25.4 desired stitches per inch = setting)
    And if you want to know how many stitches per inch the setting 3.0 will give you, the formula would be 25.4 3.0 or 8.5. (25.4 setting = stitches per inch)

    And remember, when you change the stitch length, you're actually telling the feed dogs to do something different, not the needle. Confused yet??
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    Just try the different stitch lengths and see which you prefer. Use a quilt sandwich practice piece and see which you like. All a matter of personal taste.
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    When quilting I too, set my stitch at 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GagaSmith View Post
    Where do you set your sewing machine for quilting straight lines with a walking foot? I set the length at 2.8 but it is still very close together.
    I just finished a quilt doing SITD with a walking foot and I set the length at 3.0. I have also figured out that if you go too fast with the walking foot you will have slight puckers and this is because you are not giving the walking foot time to even feed the top material. I still have problems with going slow but I have much better luck and almost no puckering if I go really slow when using the walking foot. Duh!!, walking foot means walk not run.

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